How to Dress for Diwali

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It is a well-known Diwali tradition to dress in new clothing. This coincides with offering thanks to the goddess of light and prosperity and gratitude for the wealth provided to you. Dressing usually includes a variation of pulsating colors and clothing reflecting the liveliness and joy of the celebration. The new clothing is usually bought on the first day of the festivities. Clothing should be chosen to represent the time of light and illumination. Here are some clothing ideas for this season.

Women Wear

The Saree
If you are a traditional woman, then you may want to go for the more traditional mode of dress, which is the sari. Ensure that your colors are vibrant and not dull and flat. Mix and match color combinations and fabrics, like rich lace, for a more festive look. Select colors that suit your figure and go well with your complexion.

The Lehenga Choli
Looking to up your game a bit? Then a long flowing lehenga and a waist reaching choli would be perfect! For a more stylish design, chose a mirror, thread or sequin embroidered type of lehenga.

A well-tailored, brightly colored anarkali always looks elegant and attractive. Add a bit of dazzle with a gold or silver brocade or an empire line to accentuate your bust and stream line your torso. These are also great for dancing in, since they are comfortable and can be worn to parties.

Maxi Dresses
If none of these interest you, then there is always the option of an Indian embellished maxi dress. When properly accessorized, you will look beautiful and elegant at any event.

Ethnic Florals
When gorgeous Indian fabrics and florals are blended, it creates a lovely modernized look. Ensure that the brightly colored fabrics and patterns blend well so that it does not look too confusing.

Kurta Pyjama
For the guys out there who want to look festive yet traditional this Diwali, try a silk, brightly colored kurta with neat trimmings or one with delicate prints together with a plain pyjama.

If you are looking for a more sophisticated look, then a well-tailored churidaar, either of a toned plane colour or one with a sophisticated pattern, will do the job. Pair with a slim fitting pants, either straight cut or gathered at the sides.

Denim and Kurta
If you prefer a more casual look or the event is casual, then pair a kurta, either slim fitting or loose, with a pair of blue jeans. Or for a bit more chic look, try a denim kurta with a bright or plain colored pants. This will make a cool impression at the party or get-together and give a more modernized take to Indian wear.

These give a real dapper, sexy look when the fitting and color is correct. You will be the talk of the event in your Jodphuris.

Looking for a really suave look? Try a silk or brocade style waist-coat in a color that coincides with your inside shirt and pants and also complements your complexion


Your Diwali outfit should always be accompanied by jewelry. Gold and silver is customary but brightly colored costume jewelry is also worn.

Henna Art and Tattoos
For the females, it is tradition to decorate your hands with beautiful henna designs or temporary tattoos. It is said that such body art is to be treated as a blessing that will light the soul.


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Diwali 2018 · Diwali Edition · Diwali Issue 3 · Fashion

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